Recovering imperiled wild salmon and
steelhead in the Columbia-Snake Basin has been stalled for nearly two decades,
but there is cause for new hope as we start 2013.
Bipartisan support for a new approach to
restoring salmon continues to grow among Northwest leaders and the Obama
Administration. Governor Kitzhaber (OR), and Senators Merkley (D-OR), Wyden (D-OR), Crapo (R-ID) and others have expressed support for bringing together people with a stake in
the Columbia Basin’s irreplaceable natural resources to work
collaboratively on a plan that benefits wild salmon, clean energy, and
agriculture and transportation.
Late last year, the Obama Administration, through NOAA Fisheries, initiated the first phase of a stakeholder process - an approach that not only has the support of senior Northwest elected leaders, but also that of thousands of conservation and fishing advocates, businesses and organizations, the Nez Perce Tribe, newspaper editorial boards and others. NOAA is now reaching out to about 200 affected interests as a first critical step toward regional stakeholder discussions about shared solutions for Northwest communities.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION: Send the message
below to Washington State Governor Inslee, with a cc to Senators Murray and Cantwell. Ask Governor Inslee for
his leadership in Washington State in support of stakeholder talks and
effective solutions that restore endangered salmon and invest in clean energy
and our communities and economy.
Working together, we can help salmon, jobs, AND clean energy.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Congratulations on your recent election as Washington State's new Governor!As your term gets underway, I am reaching out to urge you (with a cc to Senators Murray and Cantwell) to actively support efforts by the Obama Administration and other elected leaders to bring people together to jointly tackle the linked challenges facing wild salmon and clean energy in the Columbia Basin and Pacific Northwest.With its productive lands and abundant waters, the Columbia Basin is one of our country's most valuable economic and ecological assets. Wild salmon and steelhead and clean, affordable energy are among its most important renewable natural resources.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]